Nelson López, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Languages and Cultures, earned his BA in Humanities-Drama from the University of Puerto Rico, and holds two terminal degrees: an M.F.A. degree in Theatre-Directing, from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in Spanish Golden Age Literature from the University of Florida. He is also the Bellarmine campus representative for the Imagining America Consortium, a consortium of colleges and universities that supports public scholarship and practice. Its mission is to strengthen the public role and democratic purposes of the humanities, arts, and design.
Dr. López, an educator at heart, has won the respect and admiration of his students by being awarded the Sister Patricia Lowman student advocate award in 2010. Labeled sometimes as a Theatre and Spanish Generalist, his research interests centers around Spanish Golden Age and 19th century Literature, as well as Hispanic and Latino Theatre where he focuses on Performance Studies in Theatre and Film. He has given lectures and published several articles in his field, and a book entitled: El valiente negro en Flandes: edición para actores y directores by Reichenberger Press, 2007.
Other research interests are centered on marginalized characters in Spanish Renaissance and Golden Age Literature, Puerto Rican Popular Culture, and other guilty pleasures such as reading detective, thrillers, and adventure fiction in his Nook. He has not abandoned theatre, for he serves as an acting coach and/or directs plays for Bellarmine University’s Theatre program.
Dr. López supports studying abroad as means of learning about other cultures and languages, and making the world-flat by other means than social networks. He has traveled to Colombia, Cuba, France, Italy, Puerto Rico, and he does yearly “pilgrimages” to Spain, where he holds a particular interest for his only weaknesses: Ribera del Duero wines, bookstores, tapas, and shopping.